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Do you know what are the main ingredients in lipstick?

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By Egg LemmonPublished 4 months ago 5 min read
Do you know what are the main ingredients in lipstick?
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Autumn temperatures are decreasing, and the air is also gradually dry, for no sebaceous and sweat glands distribution of the lips, this is undoubtedly a disaster, so we often choose to use lip balm to protect the lips, but in the choice of lip balm but made a difficult, do not know how to choose. In fact, ah, the way to choose a lip balm is in its ingredients list, familiar with the ingredients naturally know its effectiveness, that lip balm in the main ingredients what? What are the better ingredients? Next, let me take you to understand it!

Lip balm is mainly composed of petroleum jelly and wax, with the upgrade of technology, now also according to the different efficacy of adding different substances, mostly related to moisturizing and exfoliating, there are also some will add sunscreen ingredients to play a role in sun protection.

In other words, lip balm is mainly composed of lipids and waxes, lipids as a sealant can help lip skin isolate the air and reduce the loss of lip moisture, while waxes are used to shape the lip balm cream, and make the lip balm certain stability, will not easily change. As for the other ingredients added, they determine the other effects of the lip balm, such as some that help restores the health of the lip skin, some that help reduces lip lines, and some that protect the lips from the sun by resisting UV rays.

Lip balm is mainly composed of petroleum jelly and wax

So what are the common ingredients specifically?

Emollients: castor oil, jojoba oil, triglycerides of fatty acids, phytosterols, etc.

excipients: paraffin wax, mineral fat, beeswax, Brazilian carnauba wax, microcrystalline wax, etc.

Sealing agents: lanolin, squalane, etc.

Other ingredients: flavors, colors, plant extracts, etc.

And what do each of these ingredients do?

Castor oil: castor oil is a natural plant oil, is extracted from castor seeds, as the main base of lip balm, it is a good sealant, and can ensure that the lips will not easily lose moisture, most lip balms will add castor oil, like some creams, hair care products, food, pharmaceutical preparations will choose to use castor oil.

Jojoba oil: Also known as jojoba oil, jojoba is a native Mexican plant that is planted worldwide. The oil extracted from its seeds has excellent penetrating properties and has been used for a thousand years for various maintenance and treatments. Strictly speaking, jojoba oil is not an oil, but a liquid wax, so it will solidify at low temperatures, and it is a combination of alcohol polymer and fatty acid, with an exceptionally stable structure that will not be destroyed by high temperatures, and this composition is extremely similar to the nature of the oil on the surface of the skin, so unlike general care products containing glycerin that will form an oil film on the surface of the skin, jojoba provides two effects on the skin: rapid penetration and absorption Jojoba provides two effects on the skin: rapid penetration and absorption, and softening of skin cuticles, making the skin soft and elastic.

Lanolin: It is a secreted oil attached to wool, a yellowish paste, later recovered from washing crude wool liquid, processed, and refined to get lanolin, it can make the skin smooth and soft, is excellent moisturizing substance, can make the lack of natural moisture and dry or rough skin softened and restored.

This is a common lipid in lipstick, and what are the common waxes?

As we all know, waxes are further divided into natural waxes and synthetic waxes.

Natural waxes: animal waxes (beeswax, whale wax, worm white wax), vegetable waxes (Brazilian carnauba wax, wood wax, rice bran wax, sugar cane wax, small candle tree wax, fruit shell wax), mineral waxes (lignite wax, mineral ground wax), petroleum waxes (crude paraffin wax, semi-refined paraffin wax).

Synthetic waxes: synthetic vegetable waxes (carnauba wax, hardening oil, soy wax), synthetic mineral waxes (polyethylene wax, polypropylene wax, polyamide wax, Fischer-Tropsch wax, oxidized wax chlorinated wax), synthetic animal waxes (cattle wax, sheep wax, hardening oil)

As can be seen from the name, the biggest difference between natural waxes and synthetic waxes lies in the fact that the former originates from natural sources, while the latter comes from artificial synthesis. And what do the common waxes do?

Beeswax: Beeswax is the wax secreted from the four pairs of wax glands in the abdomen of bees. Beeswax itself has a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect and contains antioxidants, which can be used in lipstick to keep the lip skin healthy.

Candlewood wax: a natural plant wax, its main role is to help increase the stability and lubricity of the product, and improve the glossiness of the product, but also a good film-forming agent to improve the use of skin feel.

Mineral grease: commonly known as petroleum jelly, it is a mixture of alkane hydrocarbons or saturated hydrocarbons in a semi-liquid form, made by fractional distillation of petroleum. It is not hydrophilic and will not be absorbed. When applied to the skin, it forms a film on its surface so that water does not evaporate easily, keeping the skin moist. However, for oily skin, Vaseline may be too greasy to use as a lip balm, and it is recommended not to apply it on the facial skin, as it is likely to clog the pores causing acne and pimples.

All in all, there are a variety of ingredients in lip balm, but everything is the same, we try to choose ingredients based on natural ingredients, there is no need to "talk about chemistry" reasonable, moderate use is no problem.

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